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October 9, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Friday night primer and picks

No. 10 Marysville-Pilchuck at Lake Stevens, 7 p.m. What a great contrast in styles this one will be, and the stakes couldn’t be much higher for the second week of October. Never count out Snohomish or Oak Harbor, but the winner of this one will have an excellent shot at winning the WesCo North. The Tomahawks still run the offense that used to be commonplace in Snohomish County, the old Terry Ennis put-it-to-’em running game. They ran for an incredible 464 yards last weekend against Arlington. They’ll be going against Lake Stevens’ spread offense, and the Vikings have been running it as well as anyone so far. QB Nick Baker is averaging more than 310 yards passing per game, and he has several receivers putting up great numbers, too.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Lake Stevens 38, M-P 35

Bothell vs. No. 6 Woodinville, 7 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium. In its first two games, Bothell was outscored 62-33 by two very good teams, Issaquah and Bellevue. In its last three games, the Cougars have blown out three teams with a combined record of 0-15. So it’s hard to know what kind of Cougar team we’ll see Friday, but I know the top half of the KingCo 4A can’t wait to see. Meanwhile, we know Woodinville will play rigid, disciplined defense and the Falcons will run the ball well. They have won some close ones, but the important thing is they have kept winning. And if they win Friday night, they will be looking at their first division or league championship since 1996, the last time KingCo was split into divisions. That year, Woodinville won the Crown and then the league, too.

I just flipped a coin, and it came up Bothell.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Bothell 16, Woodinville 14

Eastlake at No. 1 Skyline, 7 p.m. The Spartans have definitely noticed that next-to-no press has been at their last four games, but there’s a very good reason for that: we cover games we know can be close. And Skyline has beaten its last four opponents by a combined score of 195-8. But now, with Eastlake, we have a team that could give the Spartans some trouble. I at least expect Gino Simone, Jake Heaps and the rest of that offense to play the third quarter. For Eastlake to have a shot, the Wolves will need to find a way to move on Skyline’s first-team defense, which hasn’t allowed a point this season. Either way, expect a large crowd on the plateau to see a game between two of the state’s best programs.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Skyline 28, Eastlake 10

Nathan Hale at Rainier Beach, 7 p.m. Neither team is in our top 10, but here’s why this is a big game: if Rainier Beach wins, it has a better shot at regaining the Metro Sound title it lost to Hale last year. The Vikings still have fifth-ranked West Seattle on the schedule, and if there’s a team in that division that rivals the Wildcats’ speed and skills, it’s Rainier Beach. Avi Castro is a talented return man, and few teams have been able to stop Thomas Williams. We’re predicting that the Vikings get some revenge for last year’s Hale upset.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Rainier Beach 26, Nathan Hale 20

No. 6 Kennedy at Renton, 7 p.m. Renton tied Kennedy for the Seamount championship last season, but the Indians do already have a league loss this year and almost have to win this game to have a shot at a repeat title. But the Lancers have been extremely tough to play since their week 1 loss to Kentwood. Tre Watson has been everywhere, averaging 154 rushing yards and making teams fret on his punt and kickoff returns. Crazy stat time: Kennedy has not thrown a pass in the past two weeks.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Kennedy 35, Renton 12

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